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Symposium of Strategies at Main Street Community Exchanges; Culver Joins the Program

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A series of meetings over the next few months will bring together Indiana communities to share issues and solutions at the local level.

The Indiana Main Street program, which seeks to “encourage community-driven revitalization of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns,” is hosting a series of community exchanges based on the four-point approach the program follows: Promotion, Economic Vitality, Design and Organization.

Overseen by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Indiana Main Street’s exchanges are open to more than just those already involved in the program, though interested persons do need to register. To register, visit:

According to a press release, these exchanges will “give communities an opportunity to discuss local issues, ways others have resolved some of those issues, and innovative tactics Main Street communities are employing to address the needs of their organization, community, and downtown areas.” These exchanges will take place all over the state.

The schedule of exchanges is:

  • June 23:  Newburgh (Warrick County) – Promotion
  • August 25:  Cambridge City (Wayne County) - Economic Vitality
  • September 22:  North Liberty (St. Joseph County) - 4 Point Refresh
  • October 20:  Jeffersonville (Clark County) – Design
  • November 17:  Terre Haute (Vigo County) - Organization

The community of Culver in Marshall County has also recently been added to the Indiana Main Street program. According to OCRA, the local organization in Culver is known as Culver Second Century Main Street and is made up of local business leaders as well as community members with the shared goal of revitalizing the downtown area. Specifically, by encouraging greater cooperation in the local business community to both stimulate the downtown as well as preserve the historic core of Culver.


Indiana Main Street Program

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs


Jerry Chavez, President & CEO

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation